Rafsanjani emphasizes law and order

Seeks to heal deep rifts between Khamenei and opposition

Financial Times: Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani, Iran’s influential former president, called for national unity on Tuesday as part of his drive to build bridges between the regime and the opposition. The role of Mr Rafsanjani, a pragmatic conservative and political heavyweight with strong links to the conservative clergy and business community as well as the opposition, is crucial in the search for a compromise. He threw his weight behind the opposition after the disputed June 12 election and refused to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad, the re-elected president. At the biannual meeting of the Assembly of Experts, the body that chooses the country’s supreme leader, Mr Rafsanjani gave warning that Iran faced international threats over its nuclear programme and that national unity was necessary to have an “effective diplomacy” >>>


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Darius Kadivar

FYI/France Set to deliver Bakhtiar's Assassin (le figaro)

by Darius Kadivar on

Ali Vakili Rad who cut the throat of Chapour Bakhtiar and is currently condemned to life imprisonement may well be exchanged with French Student Clotild Reiss (currently Free to stay in French Embassy in Tehran) in what seems to be an improportional exchange.

See Le Figaro:


One is a Real Assassin (Ali Vakili Rad) the other ( Clothild Reiss) only a suspected "Spy" ...

If this news proves true then indeed Politics Has No Moral Standards ! ...



Iraneh Azad

Dream on Pedestrian

by Iraneh Azad on

The kooseh Rafsanjani wants compromise only to save his skin and the wealth he has created for his family. Compromising to save an evil unjust system is a step backwards for Iran and Iranians. No thanks Pedestrian. Keep on walking and stop preaching this crap that only serves the interest of the IRI and its evil supportes and appologists. The fact that this JalehO character likes what you have said speaks for itself.

Esteghlal, Azadi, Joomhoorieh Irani!


Great comments Pedestrian!

by Jaleho on

right to the point! Such an unexpected waff of fresh air over here, please stay around.

Ok, for those who dream of "revolution" every morning, I will post you a favorite song of mine, enjoy, good night and good dreams:



Mola Nasredeen

Iranian Politics 101

by Mola Nasredeen on

Chap 1. don't put all your eggs in one basket.

Mardom Mazloom


by Mardom Mazloom on

You were Partly in Iran, and you aren't there now or you are still there? ... And, why Iranian streets were so dangerous for you, you who find Kha.R.  INTELLIGENT enough to divert all attempts to marginalize him!. Basijis, use to kill people who don't find Kha.R. Intelligent enough to be their leader and they are usually warmless to other Basijis.
I don't live in NYC but will go there to welcome A.N. the guy that the Intelligent Kha.R. has chosen for you.


akhunds will be akhunds

by Iranyvaliazad on

My dream is to see a world free of low life moslem clerics, unfortunately, as long as there are clueless and simpletons in the world there will be akhunds to take advantage of them.


Yup, it's easy to say

by Pedestrian on

Yup, it's easy to say "natarsim" ... when you're in NEW YORK CITY. 

Don't kid yourself.

Where have I been? Partly IN Iran where it might just be a tad more difficult to hit the streets ... we did anyways.

FYI, my comments had nothing to do with A.N. Learn to read. I was speaking on a totally different level.

And now I shall step out of this forum and leave you to praise yourselves as much as you wish for being corageous enough for catching a drink - and protest - in the big apple. Just to let you know: many of you expats are as "off" and/or vicious as the A.N. crowd, just with a bigger ego.

Mardom Mazloom


by Mardom Mazloom on

You seem to be either someone who just arrived from Mars or a true one. Will you support your President tomorrow? I'll be there, come we'll chat a bit and I'll tell you what happenned on earth these last 3 months. I'm really easy to find - the one with this sign:





by Qioumars on

60 000 000 iranians are making their dreams to oust the criminals out of Iran; a reality. If you miss the scene of some facsists killing innocents, go rent some WWII films about Hitler and enjoy your stories while drinking your diet coca in your sofa.



He has too big of an ego not to become Rahbar

by mehdi2009 on

Dear Anahid,

Your point is well taken, and you have articulated it very well.

The demonstrations and reaction of the people of our repressed nation in past 3 months has shaken the foundation of this tyrannical and barbaric Mullah's regime to it's core so much that, even liars and thiefs like Rafsanjani have taken notice. Therefore, he is hedging his bets, and as usual he is trying to play his WORSE COP to Ahmadinejad/Khameneie's GANG's WORST COP.

Besides he has too much of an ego, and has been planning his way to the top of the Theocratic regime ever since Khomeini died. His problem is not the lack of religious credentials (i.e. Khamenie the 10 toman Akhound) as he can somehow work around it by greasing the more workable mullahs so that all of sudden he will become Source of Emulation (laughable isn't it?). However, the man has no shame, and all that he cares about is to help his cronies (much like the other GANG) to hoard more of our imprisoned nation's natural resources.

The People in Iran are way too sophisticated as I found out in my trip to visit my ailing parents in June and July, and it was more and more apparent that they have suffered way too much and will not give up now.

This Monkey show on TV that is posted here is only for the regime's most ardent followers (and apologists in the USA and Europe) to be even more brain washed.

The game is up, and they know it. People are becoming even less scared than even a month ago, and none of the usual distractions such as this garbage has any effect in the angry mood of people. The people of Iran for a change are united in order to get rid of these miserable Leaches once and for all.

Salutation to all the TRUE Sons and Daughters of Iran.



Where did I talk about

by Pedestrian on

Where did I talk about K.?

But now that you mention it, I'm saying whatever he is  or isn't, we Iranians have to LEARN to compromise. It's always been all or nothing for us. And R. for all his filthy shortcomings, is a real politician, few of which we've had.

He is not to be sidelined and he is INTELLIGENT enough to divert all attempts to marginalize him! What does that have to do with wanting to be the next SL?

As one of my friends said: "the LEAST achievement of this unrest will be to TEACH the ruling elite and the opposition leaders, that people are flexible
to “forgiving” them if they change; and flexible to hate them as well,
should they not keep their end of the bargain! Won’t this be our bigger
democratic exercise?"

Nothing is destroyed over night, unless it is replaced by something more lethal. And no prudent politician should advocate it, neither R. or anyone else. One mess your generation helped create in 79 should be enough of a lesson on that for everyone. 

Jahanshah Javid


by Jahanshah Javid on

Yes next king, next dictator, next vali e faghih, next agha baalaa sar. you're telling me Khamenei is not a king because he wears a turban?


Next King?!!!

by Pedestrian on

I never comment here, but do read the comments to get a feel for what some expats may be thinking.

JJ, you really need to visit Iran b/c your analysis couldn't be more wrong. Rafsanjani? The next king? Do you know how funny that sounds if you are in Iran and you see what's happening on the ground?

For once in our history, we have a politician (with all the corruption that comes with being one) who is trying to strike a compromise. 

Sit back on your chair in wherever you live and dream of revolution ... there are just a few thousand people who'd rather not give the blood, while you're eating your cheerios. 

Anahid Hojjati

JJ, Rafsanjani does not want to be the king but the King maker.

by Anahid Hojjati on

JJ, I don't blieve Rafsanjani wants to be next Rahbar.  As he was the most influential in making Khamenei Rahbar, he wants to do the same for next Rahbar or council of Rahbari.  His religious credentials are not high enough to make him eligible for next Rahbar.  His is even worse than Khamenei.  I believe Rafsanjani wants to be king maker rather than the king.


Have YOU Heard Of This Maslae Farsi

by darius on


True,he wants to be the next but as we say it in Farsi,

"K..nesh goheih , mitarse" ,he and many like him are so corrupted

that it is in their own benefit to stay put and  just make  little noise here and there. 

I am sure many of them after seeing  the people bravery and courage get flash backs (1979)and fear of  unknown and uncertainty has shaken their soul.All these clerical defiance is nothing but a disguise .They are paving the  way to shift to the wind of change.

They are smart and for them Islam is nothing but deal making.they all know,they are no longer welcome.They know people are fed up .

For now they can still keep

their seats   and for  that purpose , they will trade all Iran and Iranian interest it to whomever who secure their future.

I am not worried though ,I know the outcome, soon or late , they will

pay for it so dearly and this time is not going to be pleasant.




Keep dreaming

by Proud_To_Be_Anonymous on

He can dream as much as he wants, but he is out.  I totally disagree with your assessment of his placement in this totalitarian regime, JJ.  His weight is gone and his influence is deminished.  This started four years ago when Khamenei pulled AN out of the ballot boxes.  In a few years, we will no longer see him in the scene.  Having said that, I hope strongly that I am wrong because until recently he had been a strong force and an obstacle in front of Rahbar by being somehow the voice of reason. 

Jahanshah Javid

Power politics

by Jahanshah Javid on

Rafsanjani is holding out to become the next rahbar. He doesn't want to challenge Khamenei to the point that would damage or destroy the theocratic foundation he's so selfishly trying to inherit. He wants to be the next turbaned king and he's not going to give up that dream for anything -- not for Mousavi, not Karroubi, not the green movement.